Our Mission

NBCC advances counseling as the premier certification body of the profession.

Our Vision

Enhancing society worldwide through quality counseling.

Our Accreditation

NBCC’s National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential and Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) credential are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). ICE is the leader in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations.

For confirmation of this accreditation, as well as descriptions of the services and missions of ICE and NCCA, please feel free to visit the ICE website at www.credentialingexcellence.org.

Our History

Thomas Clawson, President and CEO
Thomas Clawson, Ed.D.
President and CEO

The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC), an independent not-for-profit credentialing body for counselors, was incorporated in 1982 to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors.

NBCC's certification program recognizes counselors who have met predetermined standards in their training, experience and performance on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), the most portable credentialing examination in counseling. NBCC has 49,858 certified counselors. These counselors live and work in the U.S. and more than 40 countries. Our examinations are used by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to credential counselors on the state and territory level.

NBCC's flagship credential is the National Certified Counselor (NCC). NBCC also offers specialty certification in several areas:

  • School counseling - The National Certified School Counselor (NCSC)
  • Clinical mental health counseling - The Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)
  • Addictions counseling - The Master Addictions Counselor (MAC)

The NCC is a prerequisite or co-requisite for the specialty credentials.